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Phil Mickelson wins Scottish Open

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Phil Mickelson wins 2013 Scottish Open. (USATSI)
Phil Mickelson wins 2013 Scottish Open. (USATSI)

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Phil Mickelson won the Scottish Open on Sunday with a final-round 3-under-par 69 plus a playoff hole with South African Branden Grace. Mickelson held off Grace by one at Inverness, Scotland after he birdied the first playoff hole and Grace parred it.

Lefty made it more difficult than it needed to be, though. When needing a par on the 72nd hole, he did his best Phil Mickelson impression and three-putted from 20 feet for bogey to put himself into the playoff with Grace, who had already finished.

Mickelson then nearly holed out his third shot (a wedge) on the 607-yard, par-5 playoff hole. He tapped in for an easy birdie, and Grace missed his long birdie. Here's a look at the chip:

The win is Mickelson's first in Europe since 1993, when he won the Tournoi Perrier de Paris in France though it's his eighth European Tour victory (Masters, PGA Championship and World Golf events are included).

As usual, Mickelson provided some great drama with the final-hole bogey and crazy chip on the playoff hole. The fans in Great Britain ate it up, too. They loved his candor, his honest shots and, well, his Phil-ness.

If you're already thinking ahead to next weekend, Mickelson has played well at the Scottish Open before but it has never translated to success at the British Open. According to Justin Ray at ESPN, Mickelson has had three top-20 performances at the Scottish Open but followed none of them with a top 10 at the British.

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